PARENTS URGED TO BAN TIKTOK ACCESS AS VIDEO OF MAN SHOOTING HIMSELF TRENDS

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Parents are being urged to temporarily ban their children’s access to the social media platform TikTok as a live-streamed video containing a brutal suicide continues to trend.

Ronnie McNutt, an American army veteran who served in Iraq, is understood to have died when he pulled the trigger of a gun pointed at his head whilst broadcasting it live on Facebook.

The video has been uploaded to TikTok, starling unsuspecting viewers. Some videos initially begin as viewer-friendly footage of something unrelated before quickly changing to footage of the suicide.

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Parents of children who have fallen victim to the horrific uncensored footage have taken to social media to warn others, urging fellow parents to ban kids’ access to the app for the next few days.

A spokesperson TikTok said:

“On Sunday night, clips of a suicide that had been live-streamed on Facebook circulated on other platforms, including TikTok.

“Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide.

“We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content and warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the person and their family.

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“If anyone in our community is struggling with thoughts of suicide or concerned about someone who is, we encourage them to seek support, and we provide access to hotlines directly from our app and in our Safety Centre.”

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The Tonk

Exactly the same mindset of those who will spend hours watching their phone screens for people doing dangerous, stupid stunts who will make up much of the same crowd who will be taking their countless mindless clones to watch the motor cycles tearing around the quiet lanes and roads in West Wight hoping to film some gory incident.
 
Now small wonder the UK has become a broken, messed up society.

BrokenSoul

This comment is completely nonsensical.

Zak

Not to those more enlightened in the ‘ways’ of a high percentage of modern youth. Makes perfect sense. Likely you lead a more sheltered life, long may it continue.

TONY

If there were more jobs !….idle hands make easy work for the Devil.

What im saying is lets stop obessing about bottom lines and focus on society! Mental health is having a field day right now…bekind and keep active.

karen

delete tik tok

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